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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a comedy of errors revolving around two Victorian Era English gentlemen. Jack lives a life respectable life in the country providing a good example for his ward Cecily. While in the city, he lives as his invented wayward brother, Ernest. While in the city he meets and falls in love Gwendelyn. Algernon lives a life of luxury in London, but decides to visit the country where he meets and falls in love with Cecily, while also pretending to be Ernest.
When the two ladies meet, both claiming to be engaged to Ernest, the lies are untangled and everyone discovers the importance of being earnest.
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
John “Jack” Worthing, early 30’s, to mid-40's is a wealthy young gentleman who takes life seriously. He’s a friend of Algernon whose behavior he sometimes deplores. John is Cecily’s guardian and is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax. He goes by the identity of his invented wayward brother, Ernest, when he wants to let loose.
Algernon Moncrieff, early 30’s,to mid-40's is the brilliantly witty and blithely selfish nephew of Lady Bracknell and cousin to Gwendolen Fairfax. He’s Ernest’s (John/Jack’s) best friend. He’s in love with Cecily Cardew. Hon.
Gwendolen Fairfax , early 20’s to mid-30's, is Algernon’s young, aristocratic and charmingly superficial cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. She’s in love with Ernest (John/Jack)
Lady Bracknell , 55 +, is domineering, cunning, mercenary and snobbish. She’s Gwendolen’s mother, and she means to see her daughter well-married. A formidable woman, Lady Bracknell is used to having her own way in all ways.
Cecily Cardew, Late Teens to early 20’s, is a young woman given to romantic fantasies and intrigued by the wickedness of Jack’s brother, Ernest. She is the simpler, more innocent country girl to Gwendolyn’s sophisticated city girl.
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. (Doctor of Divinity), 55 +, is the pleasant rector on John/Jack’s estate and has a crush on Miss Prism.
Miss Prism, 50 +, is Cecily’s pedantic governess. She’s somewhat puritanical, but her softer side leans toward Dr. Chasuble. She once wrote an important novel.
Merriman, 30 – 70 is the butler at Jack’s country estate.
Lane, 30 – 70, is Algernon’s manservant.